David Williams | 28 Sep 2012
It appears that smart-phones are here to stay despite the perils of privacy intrusion, and the fact that they are seldom used for placing traditional phone calls. In a July 2012 research study, statistics based on survey data provided by individuals 18 to 65 years of age concerning typical smart-phone usage reveal: 75 percent text messaging, 52 percent browsing, 38 percent social networking, 34 percent gaming, but only 25 percent voice calling. Of individuals 18-34 years of age, 50 percent admitted to using their phone as an alarm clock and 46 percent in place of a timepiece.
When questioned regarding apps, 43 percent download them with 52 percent adding at least one new app every three months. During a Pew Research Center survey, 88 percent of adults stated their greatest concerns were accidental phone loss/misplacement and theft. Less than 50 percent were aware of or concerned relative to the possibility of privacy intrusion.
According to studies conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the majority of smart-phone owners are not aware of the type and amount of personal information stored in the GPS function, nor that service providers can legally collect, retain and share this information with third-parties during a service contract period. In addition to voice calls made and received, it is possible to retrieve pertinent information relative to contact list members, texts/emails sent and received, and all browser activity including visits to personal bank account websites. Only 50 percent of smart-phone users admitted to clearing browser history and phone location activity on a daily basis.